Windows Vista disappointment drives longtime ‘Microsoft apologist’ to Apple’s Mac OS X

“For most of the last two decades, I have been a Microsoft apologist. I mean, not merely a contented user of the company’s operating systems and software, not just a fan, but a champion. I have insisted that MS-DOS wasn’t hard to use (once you got used to it), that Windows 3.1 was the greatest innovation in desktop operating systems, that Word was in fact superior to WordPerfect, and that Windows XP was, quite simply, ‘it,'” Erika Jonietz reports for Technology Review.

“Yet my adoration wasn’t entirely logical; I knew from experience, for example, that Mac crashes were easier to recover from than the infamous Blue Screen of Death. At the heart of it all, I was simply more used to Windows. Even when I finally bought a Mac three years ago, it was solely to meet the computing requirements of some of the publications I worked with. I turned it on only when I had to, sticking to my Windows computer for everyday tasks,” Jonietz reports. “So you might think I would be predisposed to love Vista, Microsoft’s newest version of Windows, which was scheduled to be released to consumers at the end of January.”

Jonietz reports, “Ironically, playing around with Vista for more than a month has done what years of experience and exhortations from Mac-loving friends could not: it has converted me into a Mac fan.”

Jonietz reports, “…Many of Vista’s ‘new’ features seemed terribly familiar to me–as they will to any user of Apple’s OS X Tiger operating system… Playing with OS X Tiger in order to make accurate comparisons for this review, I had a personal epiphany: Windows is complicated. Macs are simple… I just want things to work, and with my Mac, they do. Though my Mac barely exceeds the processor and memory requirements for OS X Tiger, every bundled program runs perfectly… For me, if the choice is between struggling to configure every feature and being able to boot up and get to work, at long last I choose the Mac.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan” for the heads up.]
One by one their eyes pop open and they stand blinking in the bright light of reality. The dark ages of personal computing are finally coming to an end.

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49 Comments

  1. “so if 1 Winblows user turns to Mac in 1 day, how long will it take OS X to have 25% of the market? Let alone dominating the market as Winblows does now?”

    Didn’t I see that on the S.A.T.? I answered “Amy”. I hate those tests.

  2. At least she is honest. So many people in the GUI design world will claim until they’re blue in the face that “Windows is more intuitive” for the simple reason that “people are used to it.” Intuitive is not equal to familiarity. What these folks are really pushing is their own familiarity and the stodgy-old status quo, not what’s actually best for the user. Honestly, every Microsoft app requires you to learn different keystrokes for stuff anyways!

  3. in the last 12 month i opend the eyes of a 4 of my friends and switched them to Apple and this on an island with more/less 140.000 hab.
    Everyone of them are living now much better and enjoying ther computer.
    And one sister of my wife will switch in February.

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